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Neighbors speak out against proposed rehab facility in Douglas County

A sale is pending on a 400-acre property at the end of Grouse Butte Lane in Dixonville.

Posted: Dec 17, 2019 7:48 PM
Updated: Dec 18, 2019 10:06 AM

DIXIONVILLE, Ore. – Neighbors are speaking out against a proposed drug and alcohol rehab facility in Douglas County that would eventually house 150 men.

A sale is pending on a 400-acre property at the end of Grouse Butte Lane in Dixonville. True North Star Ministries and the We Believe in Second Chances Foundation want to create an all-male facility called Second Chance Ranch to provide extensive aftercare and mentoring.

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There are eight homes in between the beginning of the road and the ranch.

Neighbors said the property is considered to be on a private road because parts of the road are owned by them. They said that means any traffic going to the ranch is trespassing through private property.

They said the road also isn’t built to handle the heavy traffic the facility could bring to the area. And there can only be one single-dwelling home per 80 acres of land, according to rules set by the Grouse Butte Road Association.

Neighbors said the We Believe in Second Chances Foundation never reached out to the association about their plans and many of them say they’re feeling blindsided.

“Not at one time did these folks that are looking into developing this land out here ever stopped and told me their proposal and said hey, I might be your new neighbor,” said Cassy Harris, a property owner on Grouse Butte Lane.

Other neighbors told KEZI 9 News safety is their biggest concern with the facility.

“Nobody has access or easement through our place,” said Nicole Martin, another property owner. “And then having someone in my backyard? A facility? You know, with possible ex-cons and recovering addicts. It just doesn’t feel right.”

KEZI 9 news reached out to the foundation, and they were unable to confirm whether the sale has gone through at this time.
They said they have reached out the neighbors before and during the sale.

If the sale does go through, they also said they will be complying with all zoning laws and obtain the right permits to build.

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